Today I was reading over a devotional piece that I wrote several years ago and I realized how much I needed to read these words. Perhaps you do too...
I do not think that asking God “why?” is wrong, as long as this questioning of His actions does not turn into questioning His character. The danger comes when we start blaming God for not stopping all the bad things from happening. I think that the main reason we would be tempted to do that would be if we really do not know the heart of God, for if we did, then we would understand that He is kind, merciful and loving, and when His children hurt, He hurts as well.
The perception that many of us have about God is faulty, and that can lead to a suspicion of His motives. The first thing that we have to remember is that God is Holy and He is…well…GOD. This gives Him the right to do whatever, whenever, and however He sees fit. Sometimes we think that we are so smart, and if we were God, we would sure do things different. However, I have a feeling that if we held the reins to the universe, even for a very short period of time, we all would be in a whole heap of trouble. Only God knows the beginning from the end. He is Alpha and Omega. He was here before it all started and He will be here when it all ends.
We do not have to understand it all to live our lives in faith. We don’t even have to like it. But what we do have to do in order to go on with Him is to learn to trust Him to know what is best for us.
If you are going through a hard time yourself, just love Him right where you are, and know that He will see you through…making a way where there seems to be no way. He loves us with an everlasting love and, as Beth Moore says, “God will never let you go through a fire that He cannot bring beauty from the ashes.” (Read Isaiah 61:1-3)
My prayer for us all is that we will be made aware of the schemes of the enemy, both subtle and outright, and we will stand firm in the Truth of God’s Word. May we learn to relax in our Father’s love even when we do not understand, and come to Him with the simple trust of a child who believes that his Daddy can do anything. Open our eyes, Lord, to the wonder of You.